What are the Multiple Intelligences?

  • At Douglas, we don't want to know how smart you are. We want to know how are you smart.  We understand that we are smart in many ways and believe in teaching our students this every day. 

    Based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, teaching, learning, and assessing at Douglas is designed to address all the different ways that students are smart.  Gardner’s theory has particularly strong ramifications in the classroom.  If we can identify each student's strengths among these intelligences, we can accommodate all children more successfully in the classroom.  You can see, hear and feel the difference this creates for our students as they progress in their learning. 

    How are you smart?  In which of these eight ways do you prefer to learn:

    • Visual-Spatial/Art Smart - Learning visually and organizing ideas spatially.  The ability to "see" things in one's mind
    • Verbal-Linguistic/Word Smart - Learning through the spoken and written word
    • Logical-Mathematical/Math Smart - Learning through reasoning and problem-solving
    • Bodily-Kinesthetic/Body Smart - Learning through interaction with one's environment and concrete experience
    • Musical-Rhythmic/Music Smart - Learning through patterns, rhythms, and music
    • Intrapersonal/Self-Smart - Learning through feelings, values, and attitudes
    • Interpersonal/People Smart - Learning through interaction, collaboration, and working cooperatively with others
    • Naturalist/Nature Smart - Learning through classification, categories, and hierarchies